Beijing is trying to push Australia into its column but Australia has other interests apart from Chinese trade. These include trade with Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam all of which transits the South China Sea.
China has criticised Australia for making “irresponsible remarks” over the South China Sea in a policy paper.
On Thursday, Australia raised concerns about the “pace and scale” of China’s activities in the disputed zone – part of a wide-ranging document setting out Canberra’s foreign engagement strategy.
Beijing said the paper was generally positive towards China, but Australia should not get involved in the dispute.
The Australian government played down the criticism on Friday.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
South China Sea infowar
Spratly Islands, South China Sea
South China Sea (CS) is estimated to have a population of 0.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.0% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0 million.
Islands in this disputed sea have a total population in the low single figure thousands, mainly military garrisons from CN MY PH TW VN.